Additives for Bud Vase Water

DNTQuilterApril 19, 2014

This is probably a really stupid question, but I can't find an answer elsewhere. Should you/do you add anything to your bud vases to help support the longevity of your cut roses? If there is an additive out there, what do you use and where can I find it?

Any insight would be appreciated,

Scott in PA

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I am so thankful you asked this question and I look forward to the responses. I just bought some tulips and was told to put a penny in the vase to lengthen the life so I know they are many tips out there. One of the joys of my rose garden is to have cut flowers throughout my house.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 11:35AM
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Here is a very recent scientific study:

"The results showed that combination of silver nitrate and thyme was effective in improving the flower weight and diameter of cut roses by increasing the uptake of preservative solution and also reducing the wilting of flowers and leaves."

Here is a link that might be useful: link for above

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 3:10PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Try a splash of lemon-lime soda. More people are likely to have that sitting around the house than silver nitrate. The active ingredients as far as cut flowers go are citric acid and sugar.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 5:34PM
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If you want something that some/many/most? people have laying around the house, this link may be of interest.

Here is a link that might be useful: surprise link

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 6:52PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

I put 1 tsp sugar in a vase last year and it did prolong the life of the bloom but also turned a red Mister Lincoln bloom

    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 12:39AM
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Thank you all for the suggestions. Lemon Lime soda sounds like a viable option. However, the prescription drug would be costly. LOL!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 6:39PM
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